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Harness: That Was Carnage

Goalscorer revels in Pompey's semi-final triumph

18 February 2020

Marcus Harness celebrates scoring for Pompey against Exeter
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

There will have been a variety of words used to describe Pompey’s last-gasp Leasing.com Trophy victory over Exeter.

Many of them probably cannot be used on a family website, while there would also have been examples of gobbledygook emerging from stunned mouths.

But Marcus Harness probably summed it up best by referring to the Fratton Park drama as absolute carnage.

Trailing 2-1 as the semi-final entered stoppage-time, the Blues somehow summoned extra reserves of energy.

Cameron McGeehan and John Marquis both struck to turn the contest on its head, leaving Harness and most other inside the ground in dreamland.

The winger said: “We made it difficult for ourselves, but what a reaction it was to their second goal. The dressing room was buzzing.

“To score twice after the 90 minutes was up was amazing. It was absolute carnage and Fratton was rocking.

“We’re going to Wembley again and you can’t really ask for more than that, but I did think that it was gone when Exeter went 2-1 up.

"It was absolute carnage and Fratton was rocking."

Marcus Harness

“Some of the other guys afterwards said they still had a feeling we’d do it, so they must be more optimistic than me!

“It was a massive team effort and everyone’s done their best to get the result and give us something to look forward to.

“Getting the winner as late as we did just makes it that bit sweeter and everyone’s delighted about reaching the final.

“I’ve been to Wembley before, but never played there and it’s something I’m really looking forward to now.”

Harness had earlier cancelled out Jake Taylor’s opener for the Grecians with his seventh goal of the season.

He said: “There’s stiff competition here because this is a huge club and it’s never a given that you’re going to play.

“It’s a privilege to be in the Pompey team and hopefully I can keep having an impact by scoring and assisting goals.”


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